Best moment regarding the long-timers was Ovechkin handing the Cup off to Backstrom (drafted two years after Ovechkin -- if I remember right Ovy announced the pick himself at the draft, after winning the Calder, when he was too fresh and the team too bad for anyone to dislike him yet). After handing him the Cup the two skated with it together before handing it off to Brooks Orpik. Dunno if he did it on his own accord or if Backstrom invited him to but it was a great moment. Other sentimental favorites we're Jay Beagle, a long-shot minor-leaguer whom the Caps gave a chance, who had won the Riley (ECHL), Calder (AHL), and now Stanley Cups. First time that trifecta was done. Michal Kempny never had a shot in Chicago and we traded for him for a third-rounder and he ended up in a top-four role in the playoffs. But I digress.
I looked on some forums and the Golden Knights seem to be widely despised. Also it seems that the Finals weren't nearly as closely-contested as it seemed -- well of course; the Caps won in five, but it felt like any mistake could have doomed us, going through the playoffs in that fan bubble.
I remember many people thinking the 2002 Patriots' season was rigged, the Patriots winning the 9/11 season. There was a kid in my physics class who had a Drew Bledsoe jersey (who was also a Yankees fan -- ####ing poseur!). Strange to think that there was a time when no one had heard of Tom Brady.
I think I've said this before but I've been massively jelly of Boston fans. This one was/is incredible.